Kyle Drabek has been hearing it ever since he first picked up a baseball.

Coaches, managers and other players have been telling him all his life not to let his emotions get the better of him.

"I've heard it, but I've never paid attention," Drabek said Tuesday, on the eve of the official start to spring training where he will try to pitch his way back into the Blue Jays rotation.

"But it wasn't until I got home this offseason and talked to my dad (former Cy Young Award-winner Doug Drabek) that it sunk in: When you show emotion on the mound, the other team is going to notice and then take advantage."